Joy Calico

Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Musicology

Vanderbilt University

Joy H. Calico does interdisciplinary work on Cold War cultural politics and on opera. She is the author of two monographs, Arnold Schoenberg's 'A Survivor from Warsaw' in Postwar Europe (California, 2014) and Brecht at the Opera (California, 2008), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Recent publications include “Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin: Modernist Opera in the Twenty-First Century” in Modernism and Opera (JHUP, 2016) and "Epic Gesamtkunstwerk" in the collection The Total Work of Art (Berghahn, 2016).

Forthcoming articles include a piece about Schoenberg and noise in Journal of Austrian Studies; ambiguity in Olga Neuwirth’s opera Lost Highway for Zeitschrift für Ästhetik und Allgemeine Kunstwissenschaft; and an XQuery exploration of music in Princeton’s Blue Mountain Project for Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. The Schoenberg book received the 2015 Award for an Exceptional Book in Jewish Studies and Music as well as Honorable Mention for the 2016 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies. Among her current projects are an article about Saariaho’s vocal writing in L’amour de loin, based on research at the Sacher Stiftung, and a book entitled Opera since Salome.

Calico's research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the Sacher Stiftung, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Berlin, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies, the DAAD, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2015 she received the Blair Faculty Excellence Award.

She was co-founder and coordinator of the Music and Sound Studies Network of the German Studies Association (GSA) and served on the GSA Executive Board 2013-2016, during which time she was also Director of Vanderbilt's Max Kade Center for European and German Studies.  She is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Musicological Society.